Roasted Baby Turnips with Maitake “Champignons au vin”

Do you have the Vedge cookbook? It’s wonderful, surprisingly simple, and delicious. (Full disclosure — I currently work Vedge Restaurant Group at V Street, but I owned this cookbook before that time! ). One of the things the cookbook does best if show how just a few ingredients of high quality, thoughtfully prepared, can be full of satisfying flavor. Mushrooms are my favorite of all … Continue reading Roasted Baby Turnips with Maitake “Champignons au vin”

Royal Trumpet Mushrooms as Fazzoletti

Another delicious mushroom dish from the Vedge cookbook. Originally calling for nebrodini mushrooms, but suggesting trumpet mushrooms as a substitution, I sliced the thick stems ever so thinly, as suggested. They stuck to the bottom of my pan when I tried to fry them. So I sliced them less thinly, between 1/16 and 1/18 of an inch thick, and fried them gently in olive oil … Continue reading Royal Trumpet Mushrooms as Fazzoletti

Miso Vegetables and Rice with Black Sesame Dressing

Yotam Ottolenghi’s newest cookbook, “Plenty More,” arrived yesterday. I confess – I preordered – and was so excited when it arrived at my door! This dish looked perfect for a night in where I was feeling “comfort food” with an Asian angle. The key to this recipe is to prepare all the vegetables ahead of time, because they each braise quickly in a miso, vegetarian … Continue reading Miso Vegetables and Rice with Black Sesame Dressing

Freezing Kale for Winter

Some years in Philadelphia, we’re lucky to have  kale in our raised beds all winter long. But in other parts of the country, and during particularly hard winters everywhere, your kale isn’t going to make it through the winter. Though it won’t really work in a fresh salad, frozen kale is a great addition to winter smoothies, soups and stews, sauces, the list goes on. … Continue reading Freezing Kale for Winter

Muhammara Spread

Muhammara is a delicious, complex, savory Syrian spread that I can’t get enough of. As a dip for toasted flatbread, spread on a sandwich, even tossed over pasta, the earthy, intriguing flavors of roasted walnut, red peppers and tomatoes, spices, and of course, a healthy drizzle of olive oil have me sneaking into the fridge in the middle of the night, spoon in hand, for … Continue reading Muhammara Spread

Seared Tofu in “Crazy Water”

Have you ever heard of  Acqua Pazza or “crazy water”? It’s an Italian tomato broth infused with olive oil, chills, and fresh parsley. Traditionally, its used to poach fish, but I made this version using local, organic tofu “steaks” cut on an angle.  I carefully poked a few holes in the tofu and marinated it in sesame oil, tamari, a bit of powered ginger and … Continue reading Seared Tofu in “Crazy Water”

Fall Grain Salad with butternut, shitake, leek, sage and brown butter

I love hearty winter wheat berries , the little brown grains have such a wonderful spring-back after cooking, and hold-up to heavier additions in a fall or winter salad. Last evening I was looking for a recipe that could incorporate my fall ingredients – leeks, butternut squash, sage, and some dried shitake mushrooms, but nothing seemed quite right. So I just made one up. This … Continue reading Fall Grain Salad with butternut, shitake, leek, sage and brown butter

Sri Lankan Cashew Curry

After a wonderful Sri Lankan meal at Sigiri in the East Village, I couldn’t get the savory, sweet, spicy cuisine out of my mind. A late-night search of local Sri Lankan restaurants yielded disappointing results (maybe I’ll see you someday, Sigiri in Edison, NJ) a well-researched though impulsive Sri Lankan cookbook purchase was the obvious next step. I had big weekend plans, and crossed my … Continue reading Sri Lankan Cashew Curry

Commonwealth Ciders – local, dry ciders have arrived

It’s Fall in Philadelphia! The air has finally begun to crisp, the leaves to turn, and I’m digging my cardigans out from storage. Fall means, apples, and apples mean, among other things, delicious cider. I love a cup of hot spiced cider when the weather cools, but the rest of the year, cider, especially the bottled, alcoholic kind, doesn’t make my “must have” list. I … Continue reading Commonwealth Ciders – local, dry ciders have arrived

Winter Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables

  Quinoa is a near perfect food, and an easy grain to fold into almost any soup, salad, casserole, or main dish. This quick fall salad braises instead of roasts your winter vegetables, without sacrificing that golden flavor. I was treated to a similar dish the other night at a friends how, but she used roasted turnips, onions, rutabaga, sweet potato, and garlic – delicious! … Continue reading Winter Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables